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Comment GetConsole (Score 1) 352

I mostly work with Cisco equipment. I use PuTTY on both Windows and Linux PCs - having the same interface for telnet, SSH, and serial connections is handy, though occasionally I will just use native SSH and screen commands from whatever the built in console app is.

And I use GetConsole on my work issued iPhone. With the Redpark lightning to RJ45 serial cable it's great for making quick config changes from the console port, as well as being a telnet and SSH client. Highly recommend.

Comment Re:The general consensus amongst many Americans (Score 1) 488

If you want a real picture of the plausibility of man-made global climate change, don't check scientists or Al Gore, consult actuaries and insurance companies. Pretty sure you'll find they're believers, because they have to actually pay for it if they choose wrong.


Comment Re:Seems like this has limited usefulness (Score 1) 229

I bought a cheap USB iPhone charging cable someplace thinking wow, that is way better than paying for an Apple one. Just plugging it in would crash the PC (but seemed to do no lasting harm).

Yes, you certainly should not plug in a USB drive you just found somewhere into a PC, but it does not really have to look like a USB drive to be potentially dangerous.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 4, Informative) 392

tailpipe emissions in the US are really quite low now - no one is dying because of this cheating.

Nobody is dying immediately, but it would be naive to think there is not an indirect effect.

According to Martin Williams, professor of air quality research at King’s College London, diesel cars account for roughly 5,800 premature deaths a year in the UK alone. Other experts put the figure even higher.

Comment But they will politely knock! (Score 1) 142

Law enforcement officials have rejected the “backdoor” terminology. “We aren’t seeking a backdoor approach. We want to use the front door, with clarity and transparency, and with clear guidance provided by law,” FBI chief James B. Comey said at the Brookings Institution in October.

There is no front door.

Man these people are dumb.

Comment Re:Wrong problem (Score 1) 381

This is an interesting tangent that has come up while discussing potential backdoors in Chinese or American manufactured hardware. If you are a business with trade secrets or intellectual property or confidential financial info or such, then absolutely your first concern should be protecting yourself from the KGB/Chinese government surveillance.

However, if you are an individual, you should be much more concerned with surveillance by your own government. If the Chinese know who you associate with, track your movements, read your emails, listen to your phone calls, what is the big deal? There is not really much they can do with that information, nor do they have much reason to care about the average Western citizen.

Your own government, however, can use that information against you in untold number of ways. For your own government, all that information they collect is potentially actionable. For the Chinese, not so much. The opposite is of course also true. The US government has little benefit to be gained from spying on the typical Chinese factory worker. The Chinese government OTOH, well, you know.....

Fact is your own government is a far bigger threat to your rights and freedoms than terrorists/communists/otherists will ever be.

Comment At least it will save people money (Score 1) 82

I do understand there are principles at stake when payment processors are dictated to over who they can do business with (like Wikileaks), but there is at least an upside in this case. Nobody need pay for pirated content, it is all out there available for free. Forcing people to learn that will be a valuable lesson that will save them money in the end.

Comment Charitable foundation (Score 1) 842

If I were uber rich that would be my goal. More than all the houses, the planes and exotic cars, the sports franchises, having a foundation with the means to do lasting good on a globally significant scale and leaving a legacy rather than just an estate would be so fulfilling. Well it would for me anyway.

Not a big Microsoft fan, but I absolutely admire Gates for his foundation's work. Given it was MS that bought Minecraft I'm sure Bill could give him some pointers.

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